Good morning readers. This is a summary of some top news stories.
1-.The Federal Government says Nigeria will continue to engage relevant stakeholders to ensure the emergence of Dr Ngozi Okono-Iweala as the next Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). A spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ferdinand Nwonye, gave the assurance in a statement on Thursday in Abuja.
2-.Kogi State Commissioner for Health, Saka Audu was moved to tears on Wednesday as he inspected the vandalised Kogi State Medical Store complex located in Lokoja, the state capital. Audu, while addressing journalists in an emotion-laden voice said equipment worth billions of naira were destroyed by the vandals.
3-.The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has decried the inability of the government to adequately equip the health sector and properly kit health workers across the country. NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, stated this at a press briefing on Thursday in Abuja to mark this year’s Global Day of Action on Care.
4-.President Muhammadu Buhari has felicitated with the Oba of Lagos, His Royal Majesty, Alayeluwa Oba (Dr) Rilwanu Babatunde, on the occasion of his 77th birthday. The President who spoke with the monarch over the phone on Thursday, appreciated the role that the oba has played in nurturing the peace and development of Lagos State and the nation as a whole.
5-.The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has insisted that there is no going back on its position on the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System of the Federal Government. ASUU President, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, stressed that it was wrong to use the payment platform for university lecturers.
6-.The meeting between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union Of Universities (ASUU) has once more failed to reach a decisive conclusion. The closed-door meeting which was held on Wednesday at the conference room of the Ministry of Labour and Employment in Abuja lasted for five hours with newsmen being excused after opening remarks were made
7-.The head of a UN anti-extremism body expressed “deep concern” Wednesday about growing tensions over satirical cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, urging “mutual respect” between people of different faiths and political views. The statement by Miguel Angel Moratinos — who heads the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations — follows growing anger in the Muslim world over France’s response to the beheading of a teacher who had shown his pupils the images as part of a class on free speech.
8-.Future pandemics will happen more often, kill more people and wreak even worse damage to the global economy than Covid-19 without a fundamental shift in how humans treat nature, the United Nations’ biodiversity panel said Thursday. Warning that there are up to 850,000 viruses which, like the novel coronavirus, exist in animals and may be able to infect people, the panel known as IPBES said pandemics represented an “existential threat” to humanity.
9-.President Donald Trump and challenger Joe Biden will rally voters just hours apart in the Florida city of Tampa on Thursday, their campaign paths crossing for the first time as the rivals’ fight for the White House enters its frenetic final days. Florida is a must-win prize, and polls show the candidates in a dead heat in America’s third-largest state, which has sided with the winner in every presidential election since 1964, with one exception.
10-.Super Eagles Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr, has invited Ahmed Musa, William Ekong, Oghenekaro Etebo, and 21 others for the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying quick-fire double against the Leone Stars of Sierra Leone. Defenders Kenneth Omeruo, Leon Balogun and Chidozie Awaziem, midfielder Alex Iwobi, and forwards Moses Simon, Samuel Chukwueze and Chidera Ejuke, were among the players invited.